Too much choice is a curse. That’s certainly how I feel, particularly when it comes to makeup. With beautiful eyeshadow palettes being brought out every week (costing £40 a pop, making it impossible to own every single one) and every girl in the world claiming to have found a ‘revolutionary foundation’, I have found it incredibly difficult to know which way to turn when it comes to beauty.

Everything I know now I have learnt either from other bloggers or a very expensive and long winded process of trail and error. I still have a wish list as long as my arm and things that I definitely want to improve on BUT I also know, finally, what works for me and have found products that I find easy to use and look good once applied to my noggin.

Although I do love reading a good blog post focussed primarily on one product, I have always found myself wanting something a little bit more. That girl looks great; what does she wear every day? How many of these products do I actually need? Help me, I want to start again, what should I be buying? Basically will someone hold my bloody hand through this massively over complicated process please.

And so just in case anyone else is feeling anything like me, I thought I would share with you some of the products residing in my makeup bag that I turn to basically every morning. With a little bit more time to play around with on the weekends (and more interesting places to go) I do mix it up, wear a little more and use different palettes but as far as my every day makeup look goes, it’s pretty much the same thing every day.

So without further ado; here’s the makeup that I wear every day and why it’s there:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

This is a relatively new product to my makeup bag but seeing as Charlotte Tilbury is my actual queen, I am making it my life mission to try everything that she owns. This has not disappointed me, it’s quite dewy and whilst the coverage might not be ideal if you have problem skin or are prone to acne, for a day to day natural look, it’s perfect. I have what they call ‘normal skin’, which can get a little dry at this time of year but as long as I have moisturised, this is great: it’s not too heavy, applies easily and is actually just a bit magic.

NARS Concealer

To be honest with you, I don’t love myself for owning this. I bought this in May just before Nars started stocking in China meaning that, according to Chinese law, they would now be testing on animals. I didn’t want to waste it by throwing it away and so have been using it and, I’m ashamed to say it, loving it. I won’t be replacing it after I’ve run out personally as I am against animal testing in any shape or form BUT I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t great.

A little goes a long way, it conceals my bags and is great for sneaking into my handbag and doing an emergency spot coverup.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Can you tell that this is an incredibly well loved product?! So, I don’t know much about contouring (who does?!) but my sister bought this for me for Christmas last year and I absolutely love it. I use the centre bronzer for those soft natural looks (the days when I tell people I’m not wearing any makeup but usually am), the bottom right is for day-to-day looks when I wanna look saucy and then sometimes I venture to the bottom left when I’m on holiday or prepared to spend hours blending.

Anastasia Beverly Hills has created some incredible palettes and the Modern Renaissance Palette has been on my wish list for ever so I’d recommend checking out the collection anyway.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette

This palette is an absolute must have. I use it for the highlight (bottom right) in this makeup look but I also find the whole thing SO incredibly useful for my ‘hardly any makeup days’ and for when I’m travelling. It’s the ultimate all in one and saves me squishing an eyeshadow palette and a contour palette into a permanently full suitcase.

The top three shades are eyeshadows, bottom left is for your face, dark contouring powder in the middle and a very pigmented blush on the bottom. When I’m not using the UD eyeshadow palette below I’m normally using this one. Thank you Queen Charlotte.

Meech and Mia Eyebrow Pencil

I’ve always been shamefully lazy with my eyebrows and am the first to admit that I haven’t got a bloody clue what I should be doing. This little pencil arrived in a Birchbox a few months ago and as you can see, I’ve been using it well!! For me personally it is a perfect shade and helps me fill in my brows. For any novices I really recommend it.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette

SO. I think I own nearly every palette that Urban Decay have ever made (don’t judge me, I may well have a problem) and for the life of me I don’t know why I’ve gone mad for this one recently but there are a couple of main reasons. 1) It’s £24 which is super. 2) It is the most perfect basic set of colours and just creates the most wonderfully natural look.

One of the main issues I have with the UD palettes is how big they are and how hard they are to transport. This one is perfect, it slips easily into a makeup bag and makes creating a very soft smokey eye as easy as pie.

Benefit They’re Real Push Up Eyeliner

Not being a dab-hand when it comes to liquid eyeliner (because really, who is?!) I have found this to be an incredibly helpful product. The shape of the pen makes application a million times easier and allows that great thick flick that takes about forty years to achieve with any other eyeliner I have tried.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I’m about to say something bold: THIS IS THE BEST MASCARA I HAVE EVER USED. Oop. It’s out there now, can’t take it back and don’t even want to. Honestly I’ve heard amazing things about this for years and for some reason I never got around to trying it. About a month ago though I bit the bullet and kick myself that it took so long.

My eyelashes have never looked longer or fuller or darker or more beautiful. I will never look anywhere else for mascara ever again. Better Than Sex….

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipliner

WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO FIND LIPLINER?! (I think growing up in the ’90s probably frightened me away from it.) I use this with the matching lipstick, the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Pillow Talk Lipstick, (spoiler alert, it’s the next photo!) and it makes my lips look one hundred million times bigger and I love that. I now hardly ever wear lipstick without putting liner on first and when I’m really desperate I will use this on it’s own.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick

Okay so you can wear this lippy without the lip liner, it hardly smudges at all and works well on it’s own but personally I recommend both things together. You can save a bit of money by buying them as a set (link HERE). I always get a bit nervy about wearing lipstick during the day, the potential for a dark smudge ending up on your chin or a bright pink front tooth is utterly terrifying and that’s why I love this shade so much.

It’s natural enough, not overwhelmingly bold but still enough of a statement.

So there you have it! The makeup I wear every day and why I love it! This is the first post of this kind I’ve ever done so if you found it interesting please let me know, I’d also love to know what you’ve got in your makeup bag and why you love it, ‘cos, ya know, a girl can never have too much war paint.



  1. Natasza
    November 1, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    FUCK. YES. Your blog + makeup, that’s my jam. Now, let me comment on all the products you mentioned here, just because I feel like (also, because I will without doubt forget, feel free to do more make-up related entries here and there, it is utterly cool!). Now, the foundation. Ever since I saw your video on your makeup bag, I’ve been craving me some Charlotte Tilbury because I don’t own any of her products yet (shameful, right?) and I need to try them out, like, yesterday. Probably not the foundation, because online matching never goes well, but I’ve been eyeing that all in one palette ever since it came out. Your blog post just made it go up several spots on my wishlist. I also saw she came up with a mini-lipstick trio for holidays (lipstick minis are THE BOMB if you’re like me and you want to buy every lip product there is), so I may pick that up. And the lip liner, although I’m really happy with my current favourite, Too Faced automatic one in perfect nude. I mean, not having to sharpen it is a big plus. Concealer-wise, I’m pretty picky and have separate one for my undereye (brightening), separate for my face (matte) and solid one for my purse for touch-ups. Guess what’s in my purse now? Yes, the same one as you have – I’m using up the sample I got from Sephora and it will probably last me forever. I’ve been staying away from contour kits, because, first and foremost, I can’t contour for shit and secondly, why not just get a contouring shade that matches your skin tone and call it a day? I would never use all 6 shades anyway, I wouldn’t even know how to. I own the first Naked Basics palette and I agree with you – these shadows are outstanding. I even tricked myself into buying Naked 3 palette (because, PINKS) but I find it really shitty – full of chunky glitter, with minimum pigmentation. Not at all like the Naked Basics amazingness. As for eyeliner, I have just started using Kat von D Tattoo Liner and I’m a little in love with it. It’s like a soft felt tip, which even I find easy to work with plus it’s a cruelty-free brand so you may want to check it out next! And I can’t wait to try Better Than Sex mascara, I still have the sample from last year’s Christmas kit that I’m now extra willing to try! I heard L’oreal has a very decent dupe for it called Lash Paradise, but I haven’t tried it myself. As for my favourites, I really like Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation – light coverage for every day with natural finish. For my undereye I use Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi concealer and L’oreal true match for the rest of my face (although L’oreal has just reformulated it and I’m pretty sure it turned awesome product into shit, as it usually happens). Then, I strongly recommend you try the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder – this shit is magic in a jar, just trust me on this one. Also, get that Modern Renaissance palette ASAP, it’s one of the most beautiful things ever. I also love Too Faced Sweet Peach and Chocolate Bon Bons. Too Faced also makes a great eyeshadow base (Shadow Insurance), which is basically the same as Urban Decay Primer Potion (but cheaper). My other favourites include: Bourjois blush in Frosted Rose (turned me from a no-blush girl into all-blush girl), Becca shimmering skin perfector liquid in Moonstone as a highlight (unicorns cry of happiness when you wear it), Mac lip pencil in Soar for ALL your darker lip shades (I don’t know how, but it magically matches all of them) and Marc Jacobs Le Marc lipsticks – so far my favourite formula, although Bobbi Brown and Estee Lauder come pretty close (as for shades, try Le Marc’s Slow Burn or Bobbi Brown’s Sandwash Pink, you might like them!). This must have been my longest comment so far…

  2. November 9, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    A Housing Bubble? Industry Experts Say NO!

    With residential home prices continuing to appreciate at levels above historic norms, some are questioning if we are heading toward another housing bubble (and subsequent burst) like the one we experienced in 2006-2008.

    Recently, five housing experts weighed in on the question.

    Rick Sharga, Executive VP at Ten-X:
    “We’re definitely not in a bubble.”

    “We have a handful of markets that are frothy and probably have hit an affordability wall of sorts but…while prices nominally have surpassed the 2006 peak, we’re not talking about 2006 dollars.”

    Christopher Thornberg, Partner at Beacon Economics:
    “There is no direct or indirect sign of any kind of bubble.”

    “Steady as she goes. Prices continue to rise. Sales roughly flat.…Overall this market is in an almost boring place.”

    Bill McBride, Calculated Risk:
    “I wouldn’t call house prices a bubble.”

    “So prices may be a little overvalued, but there is little speculation and I don’t expect house prices to decline nationally like during the bust.”

    David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices:
    “Housing is not repeating the bubble period of 2000-2006.”

    “…price increases vary unlike the earlier period when rising prices were almost universal; the number of homes sold annually is 20% less today than in the earlier period and the months’ supply is declining, not surging.”

    Bing Bai & Edward Golding, Urban Institute:
    “We are not in a bubble and nowhere near the situation preceding the 2008 housing crisis.”

    “Despite recent increases, house prices remain affordable by historical standards, suggesting that home prices are tracking a broader economic expansion.”

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  3. November 14, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Mortgage Interest Rates Are Going Up… Should I Wait to Buy?

    Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, along with Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors, is calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters.
    This has caused some purchasers to lament the fact that they may no longer be able to get a rate below 3.5%. However, we must realize that current rates are still at historic lows.

    Here is a chart showing the average mortgage interest rate over the last several decades:

    Bottom Line

    Though you may have missed getting the lowest mortgage rate ever offered, you can still get a better interest rate than your older brother or sister did ten years ago, a lower rate than your parents did twenty years ago, and a better rate than your grandparents did forty years ago.

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